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What is the Meaning Behind These Categories?

These categories are intended to orient you to the substance of the article and to communicate our framework for understanding the endowments that constitute civic life. This “human ecology” model is at the core of the Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

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The True

On Staying Curious

Three recommendations on the topic of how to stay curious.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 113

The Sustainable

Mental Health and Deaths of Despair

The sad news of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain has once again turned a spotlight on mental health and depression, and the resources available to help those they afflict.

By The New City Commons Staff | Vol. 112

The Sustainable

On Burnout

Guest author Dr. Sumner Abraham, M.D. examines yet another effect of the changing nature of work: the proliferation of the phenomenon called burnout.

By Sumner Abraham | Vol. 111

The Good

On Toxic Masculinity (Part 2)

A closer look at the cultural sources of last week’s topic: an upswell of online communities dedicated to asserting, promoting, defending, and recruiting for a worrisome concept of masculinity.

By Sam Speers | Vol. 110

The Good

On Toxic Masculinity (Part 1)

Recent years have seen an upswell of communities dedicated to asserting, promoting, defending, and recruiting for their own idealized concept of masculinity.

By Sam Speers | Vol. 109

The Good

On Evangelicalism and Race

In recent decades, race wasn’t often a topic of public conversation among white American evangelicals. Things have changed—or, at least, are changing.

By Clay Cooke | Vol. 108

The True

Drugs, College, and Reality TV

From time to time we like to draw your attention to previous editions of Culture Briefing, for the simple reason that learning to name the climate requires sustained attention to cultural trends as they develop and change.

By The New City Commons Staff | Vol. 107

The Just

On Citizenship

Immigration issues accentuate one of the basic challenges of contemporary life: navigating the tension between the rights of citizens and the obligations of neighbors.

By Emily Gum | Vol. 106

The True

On Believing What You See

The spread of “deepfake” technology could shatter the credibility of video evidence, one of our last remaining sources for a widely shared sense of reality and truth.

By Travis Pickell | Vol. 105

The True

On Data

With each new high-profile breach, our online lives feel more and more vulnerable. What’s really at stake when we trade our data for access to the platforms and services we rely on?

By Sam Speers | Vol. 104

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